“Abby is most proud of her leadership roles as captain of the rowing team and swim team, to which she dedicates twenty hours each week. She was elected to be an Officer of the Best Buddies club at her school, working to help organize club events and fundraisers. Throughout her life, Abby has traveled extensively around the world, even living in Santiago, Chile for a year. She enjoys giving her time to those in need, and her chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are to die for.
Aberdeen is passionate about writing, environmentalism, and culture. She believes that every day actions can make some of the biggest differences once accumulated, and that one should never doubt the power of a kind word. Aberdeen takes pride in sticking up for what’s right in order to have, and to help others have, a voice. Her goals for the year are to experience a new culture, learn Portuguese, give back, and better ready herself to contribute to the global community in the future. Her favorite quote is: “Throw away your television, take the noose off your ambition.” -Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Abha is passionate about health and wellness, writing and international affairs. She has been a co-Zumba and Crossfit instructor through high school and holds a strong interest in Ted Talks, Podcasts, and intercultural understanding. Her goals for the year are to understand Brazil’s economy, culture and society and build on life skills (particularly communication and navigation). One of her idols in Saina Nehwal, an Indian olympic badminton player.
Abi is passionate about language learning, traveling, human rights, education, political activism, music, compassion, and understanding. She participated in the cultural immersion and volunteer program, Amigos de las Americas before her senior year, where she spent seven weeks in Paraguay living with a host family, working with leaders in her community on sustainable projects, and hosting after school workshops with children. Afterwards, Abi became a trainer for Amigos, encouraging high school students in her community to immerse themselves in other cultures. Abi’s goals for the summer are to grow as a leader, become fluent in Spanish, gain a broader perspective, and make lifelong friends. The daughter of a guitarist and singer, Abi is inspired and motivated by the beautiful songs and music written by her close friends and family.
Abbie has been volunteering at the Special Olympics program for soccer, basketbal,l and track since it began eight years ago in her community. She has worked as a buddy and a team leader and recently directed the state soccer tournament, which involved over a thousand Special Olympics athletes. Abbie was inspired to take a bridge year after she took a service trip to Guatemala. She enjoys playing field hockey, lacrosse, and ice hockey and is also an avid boater in her hometown north of Boston.
Abby is passionate about environmental sustainability and human rights. She volunteered abroad during the summer of 2013 to promote youth and women’s rights in Ecuador with Amigos de las Am_ricas. Her junior year of high school she studied environmental science at a semester boarding school in Northern Wisconsin called Conserve School. She loves to draw and stay physically active. Her goals for this upcoming year are to gain confidence and an entirely new perspective. She is inspired by Wangari Maathai’s environmental and entrepreneurial work with the Green Belt Movement.
Abigail enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, reading, playing music, and baking. _
Abigail is passionate about music, singing, culture, and linguistics, as well as women’s empowerment and civil rights. She is involved in her school’s buildOn program, Model United Nations committee and her church choir. Two of her goals for the year are to work on becoming a better person and getting a stronger hold on her dreams and aspirations through the experiences she knows are waiting to unravel.
Adam is passionate about art, athletics, and his community. During high school he led the school cooking club, helped teach photography, and, as captain of the squash team, he organized a community service initiative in Harlem housing projects. Adam is also a talented saxophone player.
Aden’s main passion (besides UNC basketball) is all things music – listening, playing, creating, and sharing. He leads his school’s all-male a cappella group, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and serves as a tutor, mentor, and counselor in the Jewish community. His goals for this year are to acquire new language skills, gain new perspectives, and develop greater self-confidence and independence. His favorite quote is “Comparison is the thief of joy”, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.
Aden is from New York and is passionate about environmental protection and international relations. He is involved in basketball and soccer and often volunteers as coach for his community. Aden’s year in Brazil as a Rotary exchange student inspired him to join Global Citizen Year and volunteer internationally. His goals are to make a difference in his new community and to learn a new language.
In high school Adolfo has enjoyed participating in Summer Search and Upward Bound. He loves hiking in national parks and playing the acoustic guitar
Agustina is passionate about dancing and learning new languages. She attended UWC Adriatic, a school that works for peace and a sustainable future, in which she learnt from the little differences of everyday life and how cultural background is not a determining factor on who we are but people from different places can be more similar than what one may think. In the following year she hopes to keep learning from the little things by being involved in the community and she also hopes this experience will give her the time to understand what she wants for her future.
Aidan has spent time doing international service in Nepal, where he spent weeks on the worksite of a school building hauling rocks and pouring cement. This experience sparked the interest in service work that led him to Global Citizen Year. He hopes to somehow contribute to his passion of conserving the environment. In his free time he enjoys singing, both with bands and in an a capella group.
Aiman is deeply passionate about education, travel and the arts. An alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy, she sings, acts, dances, plays the violin and harp. She is proficient in English, Malay, Mandarin and currently learning French. “Giving back” has always been an inherent part of Aiman’s upbringing and she has taken every opportunity to do so (from setting up outreach programs in school to volunteering at Soup Kitchens and entertaining at oncology wards). Aiman is excited to compound all her interests as she devotes this year to Global Citizen Year.
Aissatou has a passion for traveling and language. She is head of the Student Cultural Alliance at her school, and also participates in the Gay-Straight Alliance and Relationships and Sex discussion groups, leading to her interest in human rights. Her life goals are to become fluent in six different languages and travel through most of the non-European world.
Aitran is passionate about traveling and spending time outdoors. She is involved in exploring different cultures and understanding how different global issues affect each person in the world. Her goals for the year are immersing herself in an Ecuadorian community and learning about the lives of those in her community.
Alan was captain of his school’s Academic Decathlon Team, Debate Team, Model United Nations Team, and Chess Team. He was chosen as Student of Year for the past two years, and has spent time volunteering for the National Hispanic Institute and at the Special Olympics. He enjoys bowling, playing the tenor saxophone, practicing meditation, and reading literature. He is very passionate about engaging in and learning about new languages and cultures, and giving his time to social service work.
Alana is passionate about politics (domestic and international), environmental sustainability, and social justice. In the last few years she has been involved in rowing, Spanish club and volunteer work ranging from providing teaching assistance at summer schools for immigrant children in California, to working and learning in a nature reserve in Nicaragua. Alana found that while she preferred the outdoors to the classroom, both experiences were wonderful learning opportunities; the latter perhaps even more than the former. Above all else, Alana strives to keep an open mind and stay curious.During her bridge year, one of Alana’s goals is to ignore her hesitancies and inhibitions (within reason) and take full advantage of as many opportunities as possible. Alana hopes to make a positive impact on the community where she lives, and with all the people that she meets during her bridge year. There are a lot of great Harry Potter and other literary quotes that she loves, but the quote that she chose to distinguish here comes from one of her greatest mentors- her rowing coach, Tricia. The quote is, “Event + Response = Outcome.” It’s really more of a mantra, and may sound kind of silly, but it reminds Alana that regardless of the situation, whatever happens, she has control over her life; her reaction will affect the outcome, good or bad.
Alana is passionate about education. She is involved in a local, San Francisco summer camp, softball, and music. Her goals for the year include learning more about the education system in India, the gender inequalities there, the teaching methods, the traditions, and more about herself. Her favorite quote is, ÐTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.Ó -Mark Twain